THE THINGS Gregory Hayes lived for, his wife and two young children, are displayed on his Facebook page beneath a picture of the motorcycle he was riding to work Friday night.
Police in Upper Darby said Hayes, of Lansdowne, had just left his home about 11:15 p.m. Friday, heading to work as a police officer with the Philadelphia School District, when Salome Seay, an Upper Darby man with a heavy foot and a head full of margaritas, made a hard left on Marshall Road, right into the path of Hayes' Suzuki. Hayes, 47, was wearing a helmet, but flew over Seay's pickup truck and landed in the street about 15 yards away.
"He didn't have a chance," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
Police said Seay, 32, failed a sobriety test. He is now charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, along with aggravated assault and other offenses.
Chitwood said Hayes was heading into a midnight-to-8 a.m. shift. Seay is being held in the Delaware County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
"If this guy's not driving drunk, this would have never had to happen," Chitwood said. "He was just totally whacked out."